San Francisco Archdiocese Charismatic Renewal Board
Holds Life in the Spirit Seminar
This Summer, Pope Francis told a gathering of one thousand priests to share Baptism in the Spirit with their congregations.
The Pope encouraged the priest and bishops in attendance to organize Life in the Spirit seminars in their parishes and seminaries, schools, in neighborhoods, to share Baptism in the Spirit as he sees the Charismatic Renewal as a "current of Grace" for the church. (Full article from Goodnews Magazine is found at http://www.ccr.org.uk/articles/pope-tells-priests-run-life-in-the-spirit-courses/)
This Easter Season, the San Francisco Archdiocese Catholic Charismatic Renewal Board, led by Fr. Ray Reyes, Liaison for the Renewal and Vicar of the Clergy, held a six-week Life in the Spirit at St. Dominic's Catholic Church in San Francisco. Deacon Ernie Von Emster, Associate Liaison, organized and directed the six-week seminar in coordination with Michael O'Smith, Director of Adult Faith Formation at St. Dominic's.
Approximately 100 - 80 individuals from throughout the Archdiocese and parishioners of St. Dominics attended the sessions whose topics included God's Love, Salvation, Receiving God's Gift, Praying for Baptism in the Holy Spirit, Growth and Transformation in Christ. Guest speakers for the seminar included Fr. Ray Reyes, Fr. Andrew Ibegbulem, Fr. Thomas Thodukulam, Rose Payan, PhD, and Manolito Jaldon Jr.
Each session included a time of Praise and Worship and a testimony reflecting each topic given by individuals from across the Archdiocese who have experienced the transforming work of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
From the evaluations received, seminar participants experienced the "Current of God's Grace" and gained a deeper relationship with Jesus through the Power of the Holy Spirit.
Michael O'Smith stated that, "The Spirit touched many hearts through this work of the Church."
As a lay organization, the mission of the Charismatic Renewal is:
- To help all people come to know the love of God in their lives as demonstrated through our Lord, Jesus Christ.
- To help our brothers and sisters respond to God's love by loving God in return through a commitment to serve Christ and His Church.
- To assist them to listen and follow the movement of the Holy Spirit at work in their lives.
- To help our brothers and sisters recognize the ministry that God has called them to, and accept the gifts that God desires to bestow upon them for His work in our Church and in our world.
- To lead them to a New Life offered to us by the Holy Spirit.
"You Will Receive Power"
"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes down
on you; then you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria,
yes, even to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8)
"Today, millions of Catholics in more than 115 countries are involved in
the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. What accounts for this dramatic
growth? Those involved in the Renewal say that God has touched
them in some profound way, releasing the power of the Holy Spirit in
The goal of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal is to serve the mission of the Church by enabling people to live a renewed and Christian life in the power of the Holy Spirit. Every Christian is called to be charismatic – that is, to be equipped with gifts of service for the good of the Church. (1Cor.12)
In the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Catholics speak of being "baptized in the Holy Spirit." This statement does not change the Catholic teaching about the Sacrament of Baptism. It simply means that the power of the Spirit received in the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation often awaits a fuller "release" in the lives of many Christians."
Click here to view a video about the History of the Charismatic Renewal in the Catholic Church.
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